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The Wentz Report

The Wentz Report is now exclusively under the Branded umbrella!! You may be saying…. “What the hell is the Wentz Report?”

Well… this is the only article on the internet dedicated solely to the Eagles most important player.

It didn’t exactly take a rocket scientist to figure out that this would be a good idea.

Following every Eagles game we take a comprehensive and non-bias look back at Carson Wentz’s performance. We look at the good as well as the bad, and update where his numbers rank across the league.

(You can take a look at the previous Wentz Reports by clicking here)

For some reason there is always this ongoing debate of Carson Wentz vs Dak Prescott, so we will take a side-by-side look at their numbers and performances moving forward. I will also throw in other interesting comparisons as the weeks go on.

 

Week 7 Wentz Report:

Stats: 30/37, 310, 2 TDs, 0 Ints, 119.6 QB Rating

The Good 

Ridiculous accuracy

Wentz was extremely accurate for majority of the afternoon.

He went from 2:55 left in the first quarter (incomplete to Zach Ertz on 3rd and 3) to 3:12 left in the third quarter (incomplete pass to Dallas Goedert on 1st and 10) without throwing an incomplete pass.

He was 15/15 for 210 yards and a TD during this stretch. The 15 straight completions set a career high.

Drive # 3

Wentz was machine like on this drive going 4/4 for 68 yards and a TD.

He showed off his amazing rapport with both Zach Ertz (2/37) and Alshon Jeffery (2/31, TD.)

 

The TD pass was a thing of beauty… 11 yards to Alshon.

 

Throwing Dimes

Wentz threw some lasers yesterday.

On the Eagles 2nd possession he hooked with Alshon Jeffery on a 4th and 5..

 

On their 4th possession he threw two of his best balls of the day, one to Alshon Jeffery for 29 yards, and then on the very next play a rocket to Zach Ertz for 27 yards.

The drive ended with a FG.

 

The first half 

He had a 133.3 QB rating in the first half, a new career high.

 

Exploiting a weakness. 

The Carolina Panthers defense had been bleeding yards to tight ends/slot receivers this season.

Wentz took full advantage utilizing his tight ends 13 times for 181 yards and a TD.

 

The last TD drive

This drive started on the Eagles 6 yard line.

Wentz went 8/9 for 73 yards and capped it off with a 1 yard TD to Dallas Goedert.

 

The Bad: 

The first drive 

The first drive sucked.

He fumbled on 2nd down, thankfully recovered, but lost 15 yards.

A horrible way to start a football game.

 

8:41 left in the 4th quarter on… 

Wentz Completed a 3rd and 3 to Zach Ertz for 14 yards. This game should have been over….. but it wasn’t.

The very next play was a short pass to Agholor for -1, and then Wentz took a bad sack for a loss of 7 more.

The very next drive

Just a bad possession that only took the clock from 4:02-2:28 left.

2 yard pass to Agholor, followed up with a short pass to Smallwood that went backward for -2.

Then the third down that should have ended the game….

 

The final possession

As you know, the Eagles got the ball back with 1:17 left down 21-17.

After a 48 yard pass interference penalty put the ball on the Carolina 22, it all went down hill.

1st and 10 – incomplete intended for Ertz, should have been an interception.

3rd and 2 (2 timeouts left) – forced throw to Alshon, should have also been intercepted.

According to Doug Pederson this was a called RPO. So that means this decision was on the QB. He had Smallwood in the flat, and Agholor underneath, or could have decided to hand the ball off with two timeouts remaining.  It was just a bad decision.

4th and 2– fumble… game over.

 

Over-reliance on Ertz and Alshon  

Ertz and Alshon were targeted 21 times in this game. For comparison Diggs and Thielen were target 24 times vs the Jets, so on the surface this doesn’t look like anything out of the norm.

But I don’t think a guy like Kirk Cousins is on the level of Carson Wentz. Bad QBs force throws to their top guys.

That over-reliance was on full display during the 4th quarter, and especially on the final drive.

Last season I would praise Wentz for elevating the talent around him. And while he did get a lot of Dallas Goedert, there just wasn’t enough diversity in the passing game.

Only two wide receivers caught passes yesterday, that’s not good. Yes, this is an organizational problem and it’s not his fault that everyone besides Jeffery and Agholor stink, BUT a MVP-caliber QB should be able to make it work.

 

Final thoughts

This sucks because Wentz went from having one of the best games of his career to having the worst ending to a game of his career.

Carson Wentz had a phenomenal 3 quarters and change. He was more accurate and methodical than ever before. It was machine like.

But it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.

By no means did Carson Wentz lose the game for the Eagles, but he didn’t win it for them either.

If you want to be on the Rodgers/Brady/Brees level, you need to win games like yesterday.

However, this is a learning process. I think people forget (myself included) that this is only year three.  It’s easy to get lost in the moment, but sometimes you need to put things in perspective. Becoming a hall-of-fame QB doesn’t happen over night. Brady wasn’t the GOAT in year three, and Rodgers was still holding a clipboard.

He failed to put his team on his back in the final moments THIS TIME.. but he will certainly have more chances.

Overall this was a hell of a performance that will unfortunately be remembered by the final 6 snaps.

Grade: C + 

 

For comparison 

Week 7

Carson Wentz:

30/37, 310 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 119.6 QB Rating

Dak Prescott:

22/35, 273 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs, 96.5 QB Rating

Season total:

Carson Wentz (5 games)

138/195 (70.8 completion %) 1502 yards, 10 TDs, 1 INT, 108.1 QB rating

Dak Prescott (7 games)

128/206, 1417 yards, 8 TDs, 4 INTs, 87.4 QB rating

 

Wentz last 18 games:

4,798 yards, 43 TDs, 8 INTs

Brady last 18 games:

4,751 yards, 37 TDs, 14 INTs

Goff last 18 games: 

4,862 yards, 35 TDs, 11 INTs

 

-Earlier I mentioned that in year three Brady wasn’t the GOAT, so let’s compare..

(Both teams won the Super Bowl the previous year.)

Through week 7: 

Wentz: (5 games) 

138/195 (70.8 completion %) 1,502 yards, 10 TDs, 1 INT, 3-4 team record

2002 Brady: (6 games)

170/261 (65.1 completion %) 1,675 yards, 14 TDs, 9 INTs, 3-3 team record

 

League ranks: (only 5 games!!) 

Yards: 21st (1,502)

Yards per-game: 10th (300)

Yard per-attempt: 12th (7.70)

TDs: Tied for 18th (10)

Completion %: 3rd (70.8)

QB rating: 7th (108.1)

 

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